Monthly Archives: August 2016

What The Heck Is This Stuff?

Black lives matter. I know that. But I have a particular responsibility for these black lives. They sprang from tiny seeds in a packet I found in my collection of seeds. I sprinkled them on good soil in a pot … Continue reading

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Whipper-snippery

A string trimmer is essential for my property. The municipality won’t allow keeping goats although one has been seen in the neighbourhood… This has been a pretty good year for weeds. We had modest rains in the heat of summer … Continue reading

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Yes, Smartphones And ARMed Motherboards Are Getting Smarter

“ArcherMind MediaTek X20 Board SpecificationsProcessorHelio X20 64-bit deci-core with:Two Cortex-A72 cores (2.1-2.3GHz)Four Cortex A53 cores (1.85GHz)Four Cortex-A53 cores (1.4GHz)” See ArcherMind Joins 96Boards and Launches Deci-Core ARMv8 ProductIt’s amazing what folks are putting into smartphones these days. The latest “96boards” client … Continue reading

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Desktop GNU/Linux

“Until somebody can figure out a surefire way to monetize a desktop distro, GNU/Linux will continue to be primarily used by free software advocates, people who demand the best on their desktop, those trying to keep an older machine productive … Continue reading

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New Realities

After a long and interesting life, retirement has opened up new opportunities for me. I’ve long taught students how to do maths, save and invest money and solve typical problems using mathematics/reasoning. Now, it’s paying off, in spades. Today, my … Continue reading

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M$ Shoots Foot, Again

“Microsoft’s restricting of Azure Server to a handful of vendors and certifying to a limited set of known hardware configurations will work. But it’s a policy that historically helped usher open-source and Linux towards broad success on servers and HPC. If … Continue reading

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USA, Get On With It. Just Go FLOSS.

“When agencies procure custom-developed source code, however, they do not necessarily make their new code (source code or code) broadly available for Federal Government-wide reuse. Even when agencies are in a position to make their source code available on a … Continue reading

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Trump: Drop Democracy – Call In Thought Police

“Trump is also set to call for increased vetting of individuals entering the United States by developing a “test” that would question visa applicants on their support of US values and seek to weed out any supporters of extremist ideologies.” See … Continue reading

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Fixing Things

Well, even Linux has bugs. Recent reports that TCP connections can be hijacked have kicked an anthill at Kernel.org. Linus and others have a patch. I’m testing it despite my little operation likely being below the radar, just in case. … Continue reading

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Really Small Cheap Computers

“Keep in mind that this is a $9 Linux-based computer. There certainly are limitations to its capabilities although you shouldn’t mistake the CHIP for a toy. You are reading the proof, right now, since all of this copy, the process … Continue reading

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ARMed Devices Are A Steam-roller Catching Up To Intel

“MediaTek has revealed an upcoming Helio X30 system-on-chip (SoC) that will likely be one of the first 10nm fabricated SoCs to arrive when it ships in mid-2017. The deca-core mobile SoC will also be one of the first to use … Continue reading

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Hellwig v. VMware Hits A Rock

“A decision in the GPL enforcement case in Germany between Christoph Hellwig (supported by the Software Freedom Conservancy) and VMware recently became public. The court dismissed the case after concluding that Hellwig failed to identify in the VMware product the … Continue reading

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